Stories tagged devil toad

Feb
28
2008

Huge frog: Fossilized remains have been found in Madagascar of the Devil Toad, a bowling-ball-sized frog that was likely capable of eating small, young dinosaurs.
Huge frog: Fossilized remains have been found in Madagascar of the Devil Toad, a bowling-ball-sized frog that was likely capable of eating small, young dinosaurs.Courtesy wikipedia
It sounds like the name of some gnarly rock band: Devil Toad.

But it’s actually the latest fossil discovery made by researchers from New York’s Stony Brook University. Fossils of the creature (which is actually a frog despite its name), about the size of a bowling ball and equipped with a mouthful of teeth, has been discovered in Madagascar. It’s official name is Beelzebuf, which translates from Latin into Devil Toad.

Here's a link to a story with a great artist's sketch of what Beelzebuf might have looked like with size comparisons to regular everyday frogs and a pencil.

Examining the fossils, researchers figure that the Devil Toad is a close relative to similar frogs currently found in South America. The old frogs would have lived around the same time as dinosaurs, got to a size of 10 pounds and stretched 16 inches long.

And if the ancient version of the frogs were anything like their contemporaries, they were some tough-as-nails amphibians, being able to capture and eat hatchling dinosaurs.

The fossil remains date back about 70 million years ago, putting them in the late Cretaceous period. Also found in the same area were dinosaur and crocodile fossils.

On top of all of that, the Devil Toad’s skull appears to especially thick and includes ridges and grooves that could have made up some type of protective shield.